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alanajohnson | Salutatorian

Posted October 23, 2012 at 7:50 PM via web

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How did progressives try to solve problems brought about by changes in America during the Gilded Age?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM (Answer #1)

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Progressives tried to solve these problems mainly by getting the government to regulate the economy more closely.  For example, one problem from the Gilded Age was that monopolies were gaining too much power over the economy.  Theodore Roosevelt and subsequent progressive presidents tried to solve this problem through antitrust legislation.  Another problem was that working conditions were poor and wages were low.  The progressives tried to solve this problem through governmental regulations as well.  They pushed for such things as minimum wages and bans on child labor.  In these ways and others, the progressives tried to get the government to impose regulations to solve the problems caused by industrialization in the Gilded Age.

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